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California Supreme Court Gives Favorable Nod to North Fork Rancheria Casino

North Fork, CA – The California Supreme Court has ruled that former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority when he concurred in a pair of federal decisions in 2011 that led to the approval of two so-called “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties. In United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom, the Court determined that the Governor ...

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Courts: ‘Zero Dollar’ Bail Policy to End This Week

SAN FRANCISCO — The Judicial Council of California voted Wednesday 17-2 to end the state’s controversial “zero dollar” bail schedule on June 20.The temporary measure allowed those accused of lower-level crimes to be released from jail without paying any bail. The Judicial Council said the measure was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities but ...

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Supervisors Extend Grand Jury Term Due to COVID-19

Editor’s Note: The headline was updated to reflect board approval of grand jury extension on June 9. MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors this week will consider extending the term of the current Grand Jury, which has been idled for nearly three months now by the COVID-19 pandemic.On May 1, the Supervising Judge of the Madera County Grand ...

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Tentative Trial Date Set in Lee Murder Case

MADERA — Robert Eugene Moye, the North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee, was arraigned in Madera County Superior Court on Wednesday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moye, 47, appeared in Department 22 via video hookup for an informational hearing and to formally be advised of all of the charges against ...

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North Fork Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

MADERA — A North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made another preliminary court appearance on Friday. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, appeared in Department 23 of Madera County Superior Court Friday afternoon to formally hear all of the charges against him. Moye was found competent earlier this year to stand trial ...

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Lee Murder Suspect Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

MADERA — The North Fork man charged with murder in the July 2019 shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee has been found competent to stand trial. Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended earlier this year (Jan. 17) for Robert Eugene Moye, 47, after his court-appointed attorney questioned his client’s mental health. “At this point, I have concerns about ...

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DA Decries New Sentencing Laws for Serious Drug Offenders

MADERA — Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno took to social media this week to shine a spotlight on new, more lenient California sentencing laws, especially as they apply to major drug offenses. The new laws, the DA warned, are allowing serious offenders with multiple convictions to spend much less time behind bars. To illustrate her point, Moreno highlighted the ...

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Coarsegold Woman Sentenced in Double Fatal 2018 DUI Crash

MADERA — A Coarsegold woman who pled guilty to manslaughter in a 2018 DUI crash that killed two and injured two others has been sentenced to more than 9 years in state prison. Sasha Marie Watson entered guilty pleas in Madera County Superior Court last week (Feb. 11) to a number of charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Watson ...

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Mental Evaluation Ordered for North Fork Murder Suspect

MADERA — Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended late last week (Jan. 17) in the case of the North Fork man accused of murder in the July 2019 death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, made another appearance in Madera Superior Court Friday morning for a hearing that was expected to be another preliminary step on ...

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